OBITUARY

Nelson "Wade" Rogers

September 8, 1942August 3, 2018
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Nelson Wade Rogers, formerly of Athens, Alabama, passed away peacefully on Friday, August 3, 2018, surrounded by his family and friends. Wade was born on September 8, 1942, to parents Willie and Nellie Rogers, and he grew up in the Reid community, graduating from Tanner High School in 1961, where he was a standout in both varsity football and baseball. He was also as able-bodied a farmhand as he was an athlete, often helping his father, Willie Rogers, in the snow white cotton fields of Tanner after school. Wade attended the Sunny Hill Church of Christ with his family. After high school, Wade enlisted in the United States Army, completing basic training at Fort Jackson, South Carolina and then serving his enlistment stateside, ultimately being honorably discharged. Wade’s military training came in handy a short time later, as he graduated from the Alabama Police Academy and joined the Madison Police Department as a patrolman in 1966. That same year, Wade met the love of his life, the former Wanda Sue Stanley of Roan Mountain, Tennessee, at the Monrovia Restaurant in Madison, when he sat down at a table in her waitress section. They quickly grew to fancy each other, falling in love and marrying in November 1966. Two short years later, in 1968, Wade was named both the Madison City Police Officer of the Year and Outstanding Peace Officer for the 8th District of Alabama. During this time, Wade also became the first Madison City Officer to train and maintain a full time K-9 unit, his German Shepherd partner Heiko. In January 1969, Wade and Sue would welcome their only child, a son, Troy Nelson Rogers. In 1973, Wade accepted a position as Security Officer at Engelhard, and was quickly promoted to Officer in Charge of Security. He excelled at his job, and was offered an opportunity by Engelhard to attend truck driving school and become one of the Huntsville branch’s inaugural silver nitrate drivers, a position he thoroughly enjoyed until his retirement in 1998. Wade also realized early in his Engelhard career that he missed military life, so he enlisted with the Alabama National Guard, and he retired as an E6 Staff Sergeant, serving his entire career with the 1343rd Engineering Battalion, Headquarters Company. Being the consummate family provider and hard worker, Wade also worked part time on weekends for many years as a car salesman for Jack Yarber Ford of Athens. Wade was a Christian husband, father, brother and friend, and he was actively involved with the Midway Baptist Church congregation for many years, attending with Sue until she succumbed to cancer in 1998, then for a period of time afterward until moving to Killen to be closer to his son Troy and daughter-in-law, Dr. Tamsie Coker-Rogers. In later years, Wade was a member of the Lee Heights Baptist Church congregation in Florence. Wade will be greatly missed, and his daughter-in-law Tamsie and “grandpuppy” Clementine were the apples of his eye. He lived his last 17 months bravely fighting Parkinson’s with dementia at Glenwood Rehabilitation Facility in Florence, where he enjoyed daily, extended visits with his son, his daughter-in-law, and his brother Donnie, as well as other family members and friends. The Glenwood staff became family members to the entire Rogers family during Wade’s stay as a resident, as the love, care and compassion shown to him by the staff was second to none. Visitation will take place at McConnell Funeral Home in Athens from 6-8PM on Monday, August 6, 2018, and the funeral service will take place at McConnell Funeral Home on Tuesday, August 7 at 11 AM, with the burial/committal service to be held immediately thereafter in Roselawn Cemetery at McConnell. Donnie Rogers will officiate the service, and both Donnie Rogers and son Troy Rogers will eulogize Wade. Wade is preceded in death by his wife, Wanda Sue Stanley Rogers, formerly of Roan Mountain, Tennessee; his parents, Willie and Nellie Rogers, of Tanner; a brother, Cecil Rogers, of Huntsville; and a sister, Hazel Brooks, of Athens. He is survived by his son and daughter-in-law, Troy and Dr. Tamsie-Coker Rogers, of Killen; a brother, Donnie Rogers, of Elkmont, and a host of nieces and nephews. Beloved family members Tony King, Mike Smith, Jerry Smith, Steve Rogers, Jimmy Rogers, Donnie Rogers and Troy Rogers will serve as pallbearers. In lieu of flowers, please make any donations to the Michael J. Fox Foundation, which funds Parkinson’s research. Donation Processing The Michael J. Fox Foundation P.O. Box 5014 Hagerstown, MD 21741-5014

Services

  • Visitation Monday, August 6, 2018
  • Funeral Service Tuesday, August 7, 2018
REMEMBERING

Nelson "Wade" Rogers

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BETTY LOWERY

August 6, 2018

Troy, I am so, so sorry to hear about Wade. My heart truly goes out to you. I know you don't remember me, but your mom and dad were our best friends when they lived in Madison and he and Charles were fellow officers. I only wish I had kept closer contact with you guys through the years. I am so happy he came to see me before he was so sick that he couldn't.....so thankful for that short visit...that means so much to me. I loved him and Sue and I do love you, even though you don't remember me. You are so much in my thoughts and prayers.

Carole Archer

August 5, 2018

I will always remember Wade's kind nature and his laugh. He was so loving to mama and daddy and they thoroughly loved visiting him and Sue. I admired his love for Sue, it was such a sweet and special love. Our hearts are broken but at the same time joyous that he no longer has to suffer. He is forever reunited with his sweet Sue. Go rest high on that Mountain Wade.

Judy Presnell

August 5, 2018

When Wade joined the Stanley Family in 1966, we all immediately fell in love with him. He was always so kind, compassionate and loving to all of us. He was also a good sport. On his and Sue’s wedding day, my brothers, along with my husband, forcibly loaded him into a wheelbarrow and tried pushing him into a ditch but he was stronger than all combined. This made for a good laugh for all of us, him included. I will always remember his love for my sister and how he took care of her for the four years she was sick before her death. Our hearts are broken but since he could not get better, we are glad that he has joined Sue around the throne of God, never to be separated again. Your Tennessee Family loves you and Tamsie and are always here for you.

Jordi Miller

August 5, 2018

Troy, one of my favorite memories of you dad is when he and Aunt Sue would come to nanny’s house, Sydney and I would put Aunt Sue’s clip on earrings on him. He’d do his big belly laugh and Sydney and I would giggle. We loved when they would come because they were so silly and so much fun. I’ll miss his laugh so much here on earth, but I KNOW he went into Heaven laughing because he could see Aunt Sue waiting on him. I can’t wait to see them both again one day! ❤️❤️❤️ I love you, Tamsie, and them, so much. I wish I could be there for you.

Whitney Sanders

August 5, 2018

I had the honor and privilege to be Mr. Rogers’ nurse in the hospital. Troy and I soon realized that he was my husband’s high school soccer coach. Mr. Rogers was such a sweet patient, and I enjoyed taking care of him so much. I only wish I could have met him sooner. I’m so thankful that my husband had an example like Troy for a teacher and coach, and I’m sure that Troy is the man that he is because of his dad. Your family has been in my thoughts and prayers since the day I met you both.

Troy Rogers

August 5, 2018

To my Daddy,
I love you and miss you so much! I will struggle, because I selfishly wish you could still be here with me, but I’ know you’re having the greatest family reunion ever in Heaven right now. Tell Mama how much I love her and miss her, and I’ll see you again one day. Thank you for loving me and being patient with me over the years. You’ll live on in spirit and in our memories forever, and I wouldn’t trade my 49.5 years with you for anything in this world. I scarcely know what to say, and I can hardly read these words for the tears that are streaming down, but I’m so proud to be your son. Love you, Pop. Tamsie, Clementine and I look forward to being reunited in God’s time. Lord, thank you for my Christian daddy and the example he provided of unconditional love.

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Biography

Nelson Wade Rogers, formerly of Athens, Alabama, passed away peacefully on Friday, August 3, 2018, surrounded by his family and friends.
Wade was born on September 8, 1942, to parents Willie and Nellie Rogers, and he grew up in the Reid community, graduating from Tanner High School in 1961, where he was a standout in both varsity football and baseball. He was also as able-bodied a farmhand as he was an athlete, often helping his father, Willie Rogers, in the snow white cotton fields of Tanner after school. Wade attended the Sunny Hill Church of Christ with his family.
After high school, Wade enlisted in the United States Army, completing basic training at Fort Jackson, South Carolina and then serving his enlistment stateside, ultimately being honorably discharged. Wade’s military training came in handy a short time later, as he graduated from the Alabama Police Academy and joined the Madison Police Department as a patrolman in 1966. That same year, Wade met the love of his life, the former Wanda Sue Stanley of Roan Mountain, Tennessee, at the Monrovia Restaurant in Madison, when he sat down at a table in her waitress section. They quickly grew to fancy each other, falling in love and marrying in November 1966. Two short years later, in 1968, Wade was named both the Madison City Police Officer of the Year and Outstanding Peace Officer for the 8th District of Alabama. During this time, Wade also became the first Madison City Officer to train and maintain a full time K-9 unit, his German Shepherd partner Heiko.
In January 1969, Wade and Sue would welcome their only child, a son, Troy Nelson Rogers.
In 1973, Wade accepted a position as Security Officer at Engelhard, and was quickly promoted to Officer in Charge of Security. He excelled at his job, and was offered an opportunity by Engelhard to attend truck driving school and become one of the Huntsville branch’s inaugural silver nitrate drivers, a position he thoroughly enjoyed until his retirement in 1998.
Wade also realized early in his Engelhard career that he missed military life, so he enlisted with the Alabama National Guard, and he retired as an E6 Staff Sergeant, serving his entire career with the 1343rd Engineering Battalion, Headquarters Company. Being the consummate family provider and hard worker, Wade also worked part time on weekends for many years as a car salesman for Jack Yarber Ford of Athens.
Wade was a Christian husband, father, brother and friend, and he was actively involved with the Midway Baptist Church congregation for many years, attending with Sue until she succumbed to cancer in 1998, then for a period of time afterward until moving to Killen to be closer to his son Troy and daughter-in-law, Dr. Tamsie Coker-Rogers.
In later years, Wade was a member of the Lee Heights Baptist Church congregation in Florence.
Wade will be greatly missed, and his daughter-in-law Tamsie and “grandpuppy” Clementine were the apples of his eye. He lived his last 17 months bravely fighting Parkinson’s with dementia at Glenwood Rehabilitation Facility in Florence, where he enjoyed daily, extended visits with his son, his daughter-in-law, and his brother Donnie, as well as other family members and friends. The Glenwood staff became family members to the entire Rogers family during Wade’s stay as a resident, as the love, care and compassion shown to him by the staff was second to none.
Visitation will take place at McConnell Funeral Home in Athens from 6-8PM on Monday, August 6, 2018, and the funeral service will take place at McConnell Funeral Home on Tuesday, August 7 at 11 AM, with the burial/committal service to be held immediately thereafter in Roselawn Cemetery at McConnell. Donnie Rogers will officiate the service, and both Donnie Rogers and son Troy Rogers will eulogize Wade.
Wade is preceded in death by his wife, Wanda Sue Stanley Rogers, formerly of Roan Mountain, Tennessee; his parents, Willie and Nellie Rogers, of Tanner; a brother, Cecil Rogers, of Huntsville; and a sister, Hazel Brooks, of Athens. He is survived by his son and daughter-in-law, Troy and Dr. Tamsie-Coker Rogers, of Killen; a brother, Donnie Rogers, of Elkmont, and a host of nieces and nephews.
Beloved family members Tony King, Mike Smith, Jerry Smith, Steve Rogers, Jimmy Rogers, Donnie Rogers and Troy Rogers will serve as pallbearers.
In lieu of flowers, please make any donations to the Michael J. Fox Foundation, which funds Parkinson’s research.
Donation Processing
The Michael J. Fox Foundation
P.O. Box 5014
Hagerstown, MD 21741-5014